Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Hey, I have a cracked radiator on the side where the plastic is, anyways I can change or fix it without changing the whole thing?

asked by on

There is a crack in the top of the plastic on the radiator and I was wondering if there was a quick fix until I can get the money to buy a new one.

My car has 183000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: I am not aware of any repairs that can be d...

I am not aware of any repairs that can be done to seal the plastic tanks on the radiators. The crack is created due to the plastic getting weak and not being able to contain the radiator pressure anymore. I would suggest not driving the vehicle until you are able to replace the radiator. The possibility of overheating your engine and doing more major damage to the engine will be much more expensive to fix in the long-run. If you need help with any this, get a quote from YourMechanic. They can come to your home or office to replace your radiator at lower costs than the auto shop.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Whats the cause of a whining tramsmission, blinking overdrive light, hesistant to shift properly?

As a rule, I NEVER change the transmission fluid on a vehicle with that high of a mileage unless it has replaced regularly throughout the life of the vehicle. Replacing fluid that is thick with new fluid can cause issues...

Q: Engine block cracked

Your engine has a cast iron block and aluminum heads. There are ways of repairing cast iron blocks: pinning, flame-spray welding and furnace welding. However, these processes have their limitations and are time consuming. Plus, most repair shops aren't willing...

Q: water is leaking from a metal pipe thats runs on top of the transmission how do i fix this

You most likely have a leak in the system. I have seen a lot of failures in the heater's hoses and connections for this model. You typically will need to perform a coolant pressure test with the engine cover in...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...